Walls of Ancestral Pueblo dwellings at Long House at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Bandelier National Monument, along with other federal fee areas nationwide including the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will be offering free entry Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
According to Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, “This is an opportunity to honor our veterans by inviting everyone to enjoy the National Parks, some of the most special parts of this country that the veterans have faithfully served. National Park areas are found from Acadia in Maine to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, including a wonderful variety here in New Mexico, and we invite everyone to come and enjoy them.”
So far, weather forecasters are expecting a sunny day to explore Bandelier’s Ancestral Pueblo sites, trails, museum, and widescreen movie. In addition the park bookstore will be offering 15 percent off of everything in their stock, and the Bandelier Trading Gift Shop will have specials on selected items.
The shuttle buses are no longer running, so visitors should just drive down to the Visitor Center parking area. The Visitor Center, bookstore, museum, Gift Shop, and Snack Bar are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day, and the park trails are open dawn to dusk.
This is the last fee free day for 2016, but there will likely be seven or eight in 2016. For more information about Bandelier, check the website, Facebook page or Twitter, or call the park Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.
For information on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, check their website or Facebook page, or call 575.829.4100.